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NSC: 599 people may die in traffic crashes over the July 4 weekend

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The National Safety Council estimates that 599 lives will be lost in preventable traffic crashes over the Independence Day weekend.

“Data shows 40% of fatalities during the July 4 holiday period involve an alcohol-impaired driver, one of the highest percentages among all the major holidays, which makes staying safe on the roads even more crucial,” said Mark Chung, executive vice president of roadway practice at NSC. “Anyone who has lost a loved one to a motor vehicle crash knows all too well the immense, devastatingly real and truly tragic impact it has on families, friends, neighbors and entire communities.

“From buckling up, slowing down, and driving free of distraction and impairment to demanding safer roads and safer speeds, we all can and must take action to be safe. The lives of our loved ones may depend on it.”

NSC says drivers should:

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